Histamine Intolerance Podcast

April 19, 2017  |  Blog, Histamine Intolerance

I recently was interviewed by Stephen Anderson for the Holistic Practitioner Podcast on histamine intolerance.

In this episode, we talk about my long struggle with histamine intolerance and how healing myself lead me into the work of helping others suffering from similar issues.

Here are some of the things we covered:

0:55 – Alison’s back story and how she became a health coach working with people suffering from histamine intolerance
2:40 – Drug intolerance and it’s connection to histamine intolerance
6:34 – The symptoms that Alison was struggling with prior to a diagnosis of histamine intolerance
7:19 – Insomnia and histamine intolerance
9:52 – Histamine intolerance is a symptom, not a diagnosis
10:00 – Why is it that people were once able to tolerate histamines in their diet and then suddenly are unable to?
14:02 – For people with histamine intolerance what are the types of symptoms they will experience after an exposure to histamine?
15:19 – Another major source of histamine other than food is bacterial infections in the GUT
17:11 – The two main enzymes that break down histamine
18:55 – The GUT tests that Alison runs with clients
21:05 – DAO (diamine oxidase) tests; Australia Immunopro, USA Dunwoody labs
21:24 – Variation of DAO during a women’s cycle
24:45Genetic test for medication tolerance
33:05 – H-Pylori and it’s connection to histamine intolerance
37:45 – Alison’s treatment packages that she offers to her clients
42:57 – Over the last 7 years of being a health coach what are some of the things that you’ve learned working with people
53:35 – Graded histamine intolerance list

Although we talked for an hour – I feel like I only scratched the surface. Nevertheless, I hope that there is something of interest that either pushes your practice forward or your own health.

Other Sources:

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/holistic-practitioner-podcast/id1085279606
Download: http://stephenanderson.com.au/podcast/holisticpractitioner/alisonvickery/

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  • pesh

    Hello Alison,

    Could you please tell me if your patients react to raw dried meats like jerky and raw fish like sashimi or raw cheeses even aged? I mean i have a theory that it is the cooked protein than is worse than the histamine itself and want to check if it is true. I know about two persons that can only eat raw milk without having histamine problems but raw milk is high in histamine – so there must be some explanaition.

    • Hello Pesh. As a general rule, any fermented or aged including vegetables, vinegar, wine etc is high in histamines. It’s the bacterial degradation that causes histamines to rise. As you know protein is crucial to health so I often find limited protein consumption causes a cascade of health changes. The issue, therefore, is not whether its protein but how is it treated from the time of processing. The longer the processing time the higher the bacterial and therefore amine load. The exception to this is fish, which needs to be eaten within 12 hours of the catch, as it degrades extremely quickly. You might like to download my histamine intolerance list as I explain the factors which influence histamine load. With thanks.

  • HI Marius I see histamine intolerance in these situations as a symptom. The question, therefore, is what is stressing your body. Is it a gut infection (often linked to hyperthyroidism)? Is it SIBO (which often causes wider food intolerances than histamine intolerance – and hypothyroidisim is a risk factor for developing)? Is it a viral infection? In these cases it is rarely about the food but an underlying stressor. I do hope that helps.

    • Marius Amelian

      Many thanks Alison. How would I go about getting these diagnosed?

      • You would need to work with a functional health practitioner and ask them to run as a minimum the GI-Map gut test. If appropriate a SIBO Lactulose breath test. If viral load is a concern then nagalase test followed by standard individual viral screen.

  • Reflux is often an issue with low hydrochloric acid (contrary to the myth). So digestion would be something to check out.

  • Daphne Ryland-Jones

    Hello Alison, I am just discovering that I am very sensitive to amines.
    I don’t yet understand the difference between histamines and amines and also glutamate, that I think I am also sensitive to. I would love to read articles and books on how to help myself……is it possible to heal from these sensitivities? I know that I have a very damaged leaky gut. I will do anything to escape a lifetime of tummy aches and allergies.

    • Hi Daphne thanks for stopping by histamines and amines are often used interchangeably as they are cleared through similar pathways. So you can think of amines as the family, and histamines as one of the children. Histamines in my experience are always gut related issues or liver clearance issues. Glutamates are common but resolve – you may want to check your magnesium status. The best way is to find someone to work with as testing is always required in order to address the underlying cause. Its reversible.

      • Daphne Ryland-Jones

        Thank you Alison, I just finished listening to your podcast interview with Stephen Anderson. It was amazing, and at last I feel sure that there are some answers out there that I’ve been searching for increasingly for the last 40 years…I’m 48 and have always had allergy issues to deal with. I bought an online book just last week called ‘Fix Your Gut’ by John ….(senior moment)…someone! It seems to have lots of relevant info, but I have problems reading stuff of any great length online. Have you heard of this book and if so, do you have an opinion on the contents? I think I will need to work with you or someone you can recommend in London, if there is anyone. I have osteoporosis and adrenal and thyroid / hormone balance issues that I have been addressing on my own over the years. I have always had a deep suspicion of drugs and so have only every used diet and supplements so far. Wow, I’m so happy to have found you and your fantastic support for people like me! Thank you so much for all you do.

        • Thankyou. I work on the test dont guess scenario. I would encourage you to get tested and work with someone that can explain what is happening for you. Hope you get answers. I know they are there. with thanks Alison

          • Daphne Ryland-Jones

            Hello again Alison, thank you for your reply. I agree that I need help and I am hoping that I can work with you and someone here in England for the test work. At the moment there is nothing except warm water that I can eat that doesn’t cause me pain. I am losing weight.
            I eat once a day and then put up with the inflammation that follows. I am about to buy your other books, today I got the probiotic one and will get started on it. Thank you again for giving me hope!

  • Daphne Ryland-Jones

    Hello Alison, I was just wondering if it is unwise to use banana flour, as it is a resistant starch, RS2 (whatever that designates). I have had real problems with using inulin fibre and yacon syrup which have both reacted really badly and caused wind and pain. I have since bought galactooligosaccharides which is called Galactomune, and so far no pain. Thanks for any thoughts.

  • Byfelice

    Hi Alison! I just read your post on Zeolite! Can this be taken with Nature Throid? (a natural thyroid medication prescription)

    • Yes just take away from it by 1 -2 hours

      • Byfelice

        Thank you!

  • Cortisol is an anti-inflammatory. The issue, therefore, is what is the cortisol trying to address. When the cortisol is high (what time of day) gives clues. I use the DUTCH test to identify the root cause.

    • Sherif Sid Ahmed

      Thank you Alison. Much appreciated.